Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My Go To Cookie Recipe + Giving Plate DIY

Baking has been something that I've slowly grown to love. Often times its a therapeutic action when I'm stressed or needing to clear my head. I find that I bake more when I'm solo parenting because kids are hard, you know? Today I want to share a basic chocolate chip recipe. This has been my go to recipe for cookies because it's very simple so it's perfect for those of us who aren't baking pros. I also want to share with you a DIY blessing plate that's perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

I prefer my cookies to be light and fluffy like cake. This recipe gives you exactly that! Here are the simple ingredients and steps to give you the perfect chocolate chip cookie. The best part? There are only 5 ingredients involved!

5 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter salted or unsalted, at room temperature
3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar (do not use granulated white sugar)
1 large egg, at room temperature 
1 cup plus 1/4 cup flour, lightly spooned into measuring cup & leveled off, be careful not to pack down when measuring
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy in your mixer. Add the egg to the mixture and mix until combined. Stir in the flour and the chocolate chips, mixing a bit longer to create the soft, cakey texture. Bake until just set on the edges and middle still looks a little bit undercooked. About 8-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing. Cookies will continue to cook on the sheets for a few minutes.

What makes these cookies even better is that they were a gift for a friend. I wanted to treat her to something sweet after a rough week. To make this gift even sweeter I gave her these cookies on a blessing plate. Have you heard of a blessing plate? You gift a dish or baked good on the plate and the giftee keeps the plate and gifts something on it to another friend. It's the plate that keeps giving. Creating the plate is really simple, too! 

Pick up a simple white plate with little to no detailing (this one came from the Dollar Tree for just $1). Clean your plate and allow it to dry completely. Decorate your plate however you would like using permanent pens/markers. Allow your work to dry for 2-4 days before baking it in the over for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow the plate to completely cool in the oven. When the timer went off, I simply turned the oven off and pulled my plate out later in the afternoon. And that's how you create a giving plate. Extremely simple, right? 

Make your giving plate and pick one of the following 8 cookie recipes and spread some blessings this Thanksgiving season. Your family and friends will love the tasty treat and the challenge to shower someone else with a giving plate goodie of their own making. 

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